Defense Against Crime

20/05/2019

20 Safety Tips to Help You …Be Safe


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According to RAINN, a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds. You’ve probably seen stories in the media of sexual predator who follow women home from the gym, or other places. But there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming their next prey.

Whether you’re our jogging, shopping or out and about running errands, there are safety tips you can follow to help lower your chances of becoming a crime victim.

 

1. PepperEyes.com motto is Get Ready! Stay Ready. – Preparation and Prevention are the keys. Think about having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it in your home.
2. Stay Alert – avoid being distracted by your smartphone. Use a blue-tooth if you need to talk
3. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right..leave the area.
4. Always have your keys ready. There are videos on youtube on how to use your keys for self-defense. Watch and learn.
5. If you carry a personal defense device, like pepper spray or a stun gun, whistle – knows how to use it and have it ready. The bottom of your purse is the wrong place to have it.
6. Be aware! Look around and make eye contact with people you encounter.
7. Walk with an attitude. Have that I dare you to mess with me look.
8. If security is available, ask for an escort to your vehicle — especially at night. If you know you are going out at night, have a friend with you!
9. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry pricy handbags when you’re shopping, running errands or anytime you’re alone. Robbers often work in pairs. One scopes out potential victims inside, then text or calls their partner with a  description to their partner waiting outside.
10. If you have children with you, keep a close eye on them and teach them about stranger danger. On the news last week was a woman trying to steal a child.
11. If you must take a purse, consider a small, crossbody bag.
12. Hide your cash, credit cards and cell phone in your front pockets, so if a thief does grab your purse, he or she won’t get away with much.
13. Try to avoid being overloaded with shopping bags.
14. When you leave, lock your doors and keep your windows up, and don’t have valuables in plain sight!
15. Keep an eye out for vehicles that might be following you. If they’re still behind you when you’re close to home, drive to the nearest fire station or police station and honk your horn.
16. In carjacking or robbery, give them your car, purse or anything else they want. Nothing is worth risking your life.
17. If someone tries to sexually assault you or force you into their vehicle, scream and fight like your life depends on it..cause it does. Do whatever you have to do to get away…do it!
18. Take a self-defense course. Search for them online. Many colleges and universities offer a FREE RAD (Rape aggression defense) class, and some will teach them to the ladies of any organization (church, yoga, etc).
19. There are several safety apps available, including Guard Lallana, Safe Walk, B Safe, and others they are beneficial to you. Research and use the one that’s best for you.
20. Knowing all of this stuff is good, doing it daily will be better.

 

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.
If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world.
In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

28/01/2019

Password Correct..Access Granted


In this digital age, almost all of us are using a computer to access messages, social media cyber thief-hackernetworks, manage some aspects of our financial life, some other aspect of personal computer usage that puts aspects of our lives open to someone who has the key. I usually tell people not to hide their residence keys in obvious places, like under the welcome mat. The same common sense should be used is hiding the digital keys to the virtual residences of our lives. How safe would you feel is a crook has the keys to your house? The same sense of security should be taken when it comes to wanting to secure. One of the sad things is that we can unknowingly tell clues about our lives online in places like Facebook, or blogs, or ancetry.com that a thief can use to help him figure out possible passwords. If any of you have seen the 1983 movie War Games, you may remember that the Hacker was able to gain access to the system, by figuring out that the programmer used the name of his dead son as his backdoor password.

To highlight the necessity of securing your digital life should be news story accounts of security breaches at Abbot Labs,  IBM, Sony, Booz Allen Hamilton, Fox News, NBC, New York Times, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, the US Government and hundreds of other companies. These stories have exposed how insecure or unprepared these major websites and companies, to which consumers like you and I entrust their personal information really are. While we expect some level of security at a corporation, ultimately, your security is your responsibility. Unfortunately one of the side effects of this is that these stories have exposed, is just how helpless we can be. Close examination of a sample set of 40,00 username and passwords out of a sample size of over a million have revealed some interesting results.

Some analysis results:

  1. The analysis showed about 50% of the passwords are less than eight characters long. Eight characters are considered, the minimum length you should even consider when choosing a strong password.  (These passwords only take less than a minute  for a PC to crack) 2. Only 4@ percent of the passwords analyzed used at least makes use at least three of the four character types (Upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, special characters like #|*. The vast majority only used one character type, such as all lowercase letters or all numbers.  (These passwords only take about 3 days for a PC to crack) 3.. Over 33% of the analyzed were not a random character like “qp}Edhg!13evTOI” rather than “ILikeSpock”. These analyzed passwords could be found in a common password dictionary. The most frequent passwords use included: Seinfeld, password, 123456, purple, princess, Maggie, peanut, shadow, ginger, Michael, Buster, sunshine, trigger, cookie, George, summer, Taylor, Bosco, abc123, Ashley, and bailey.  (most of these take less than a second for a PC to crack, ‘IlikeSpock’ takes about a year) 4. 67% of users had the exact same username/email and password on different systems used the same password on both systems. BAD BAD BAD

6 Simple Rules for some great passwords

  • NEVER choose passwords less than 8 characters long and that is made up solely of numbers or letters. Use letters of different cases, mixtures of digits and letters, and/or non-alphanumeric characters. The longer a password the better so strive for passwords over 8 characters long. If some systems limit the numbers of characters. It’s doesn’t have to be complex as “Picard-Delta-47-Alpha-21” or “173467321476C32789777643T732V73117888732476789764376” which would take a PC 14 octillion  years and 6 vigintillion years to crack respectively
  • Randomness is also key to a great password. NEVER choose a password based upon personal data like your name, birthday your username, or other information that one could easily discover about you from such sources as searching the internet.
  • Create a list of 10-12 such as Qy#i1827Vbsg12348()17w passwords that are random and use a password management program like 1Password or LastPass, or create and remember a password recipe or simple padding pattern.
  • NEVER choose a password that is a word (English, German, or otherwise), proper name, the name of a TV shows, or anything else that one would expect a clever person to put in a “dictionary” of passwords. Especially if it can be found it’s something you’re found of like ‘Hello Kitty’, ‘Disney’, etc
  • NEVER choose a password that is a simple transformation of a word, such as putting a punctuation mark at the beginning or end of a word, converting the letter “l” to the digit “1”, writing a word backward, etc. For example, “password,123” is not a good password, since adding “,123” is a common, simple transformation of a word. Neither is using password where you have substituted the number zero for the letter “o”
  • NEVER EVER EVER use the same password for all your logins (have at least 5).

How to Make Up a Great Password

Passwords should contain a mix of the following sets

  1. lowercase letters
  2. uppercase letters
  3. Numbers
  4. special characters !,#,$,+,%,~ etc
  5. Should be longer than 8 Characters
    1. Example the Password 1@Tf%s&E9Tewhich is based on the numbers 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 would take a PC 4 Thousand years to hack.

Password Levels

  • Level One – contains at least one of the character sets
  • Level Two – contains at least two of the character sets
  • Level Three- contains at least three of the character sets
  • Lever Four-contains all four character sets
  • You can Include some simple substitution like 3 for ‘e’, zero for the letter ‘O’, 1 for ‘I’, 7 to T, 2 for S

Example of how to create a good password

  1. Think of two unrelated things you like computer & socks books & dogs autumn & chocolate OR a phrase from one of your favorite movies or tv shows
  2. Join the words with a non-alphabetic character or two. (#,+,|,!..etc.)
  3. Make at least one change (for example, uppercase a letter or add another character) to one of the words (preferably not just at the very beginning or end of the password).
  • Some example passwords generated using this method:
    • C0mput3r%socks
    • B00ks #dogs
    • Autumn|choc0lat3
    • Gen3sis_Doggi3
    • 76TltbpWa110ccah# – (Seventy-six trombones led the big parade With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.)
    • 2bo!2b_TitQ – -(To Be or Not To Be The Question)
    • I106mtC_wgaftog_hap0c_1dawws -It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses. Read more: Music Man – Seventy-six Trombones Lyrics | MetroLyrics
  • Books like the Bible have a great resource to create passwords as it has over 31,173 verses you can use. You can use Bible verses to create passwords like Joshua24I5$, 54Isa1ah17 *, Pr0v3rbs9_8%, J8hn316*
  • Convert from the Arabic-Hindu Number system into the Hexadecimal System so that you can say BacktoTheFuture1151955 and make it Back#T0#Th3#Future_1193D3

Biometric passwords – There is an increase of computers gives you the ability to use biometric data such as facial recognition, fingerprint, retina pattern or voice print data to generate a unique password based on your data. However, there have also been reported successful hacks for these methods.   An example of this would we be the Apple fingerprint lock, which was able to be bypassed the week it was released.

Second Key Authentication: Many systems like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, PayPal, and even financial institution offer second key authentication. In this method, you give the institutions your mobile phone number. When you attempt to login, the system sends a special random access code to the users mobile phone. To complete a log in the user must type in this code. Which mean they have to have your phone.

Personal Info Authentication: Many systems ask the user to select personal info questions to set up their user accounts such as the color of your first car, or mother’s maiden name, or best friend. These questions are to help users in case they have forgotten your password.  Be careful what info you select! Some information is public information or can be gathered from your Facebook profile.  For example, if your question is ‘Name of the High School you attended?’ and you are a member of the Eric Erickson High School group on facebook, then it’s not hard to answer this question.  What I can suggest is giving easy to nonsense answers like the J3di Acad3my. For example for all your selected question, put in the name of your favorite something (recording artist, fruit, book, author).  I mean if you select mother’s maiden name as your question, and typed in Mayberry.  it is highly improbable that anyone trying to hack your account will guess that.

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD…OFTEN

Most computer security professionals recommend changing your Internet passwords and account login information at least once every three to six months. Though some debate if it is necessary, however, if you want to be safe change it at least once a year, like a month before or after your birthday and make it an annual reminder on your calendar. It may be safe for you to wait longer; it just depends on your computer habits, and how and where you surf the web. I recommend changing all your passwords at a minimum of once a year, perhaps the day after your birthday, or on New Year’s day, or the first day of spring (spring cleaning). Changing all of your Internet passwords can be a time-consuming and even an exasperating task, especially if you have lots of online accounts. But it is a sure way to guarantee a modicum level of safety; however, it is not the only safety precaution that should be considered for your login information. Whether you bank online or you are just sending a few simple emails, secure passwords are essential. You’ve heard of problems caused by hackers, who use your account to do illegal activity. There have been incidents of people not only hacking into people’s e-mail, or Facebook accounts but sending vicious messages.

 

You should avoid writing down your password or giving it to others. You should especially avoid writing it down and leaving it in a non-secured place such as on a post-it on your monitor or a piece of paper in your desk. If you absolutely must write something down (because you suffer from CRS), we suggest doing the following:

  • Don’t write down the entire password, but rather a hint that would allow you (but nobody else) to reconstruct it.
  • Keep whatever is written down in two places like a small notebook or other places that only you have access to and where you would immediately notice if it was missing or someone else gained access to it. (like in the movie Ghost)
  • Keep a list of 10 to 12 passwords of length 10 to 20 characters that you only use for 1 year, and then create new ones each year
  • Treat the not book like the One Ring – Keep it secret -Keep it Safe

TEST YOUR PASSWORD

There are several great websites that will examine your password and tell you how strong that is. Such sites include

  1. http://www.passwordmeter.com/
  2. https://howsecureismypassword.net/

However remember that hackers have tools as well, so you should have as many security measures to help reduce your chances of being hacked. Many sites link PayPal, Google, Facebook, Twitter and more have code key authentication features. You can turn these on, and when you (or anyone else) attempts to log in to your account, a numeric code is sent to your cell phone, and you need to type in that code to log in.  Sometimes it’s a hassle, especially if you lose or don’t have your phone with you.

 

NEVER EVER – TELL ANYONE YOUR PASSWORDS or LET SOMEONE KNOW WHERE YOU KEEP THEM..except in your will.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. Victor Swindell of PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

 

02/01/2019

January is Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month


In the United States, crime happens all the time! Crime can happen to anyone, at any place, and at any time. If you have read this blog for any amount of time you have seen some of the crime statistics. Women are especially targeted by criminals. What will you do when you suddenly come face-to-face with a criminal? It is not a matter of ‘if’ it will happen to you, but ‘when’ it will happen to you! Would you know what to do if someone attacked you? Would you be able to protect yourself? Would you be paralyzed with fear? Would you know the signs to reduce your chances of having such an encounter?

Are you prepared with the best personal self-defense equipment, knowledge about safety, and self-defense skills to reduce your risk and protect yourself, your family or your property, when the need arises? Instead of being paralyzed with fear, you can be armed with the correct self-defense tools to reduce your chances of having a potentially life-altering event. You never know what you can do unless it happens to you. The one thing you can do is be ready just in case.

Criminals don’t wear “I’m a criminal” signs and are dressed in black and wearing a mask? If they did, and you knew what gave them away, and this would this reduce the chance of you becoming their next victim? Unfortunately, rapists, muggers and predatory degenerates don’t look any different than a “normal” person. However, the good news is that with some training you can more easily spot them by their behavior. If you know what to look for, you can recognize a problem as it unfolds and remains one step ahead of a human predator. That is the goal of awareness.

January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month. This is a great chance to learn what to do in case someone does try to attack you. You want to make sure you do not end up as a statistic. The Purpose of this month is to educate women and teens about realistic self-defense options that could very well save their lives. It is sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, a not-for-profit corporation

Self-defense is not always about FIGHTING back. To quote Mr. Miyagi “The best way to avoid the punch, no be there.Your best way to avoid a physical and dangerous altercation with an attacker is to apply quick thinking and de-escalating methods to the situation in order to safely get away. Attackers feed off of vulnerability and crippling fear, so it is imperative that you stay attentive to avoid a compromising situation. For example, walk in a group to your car after work, avoid shortcuts that take you through a dark and isolated area, and pay particular attention to places where someone could hide such as stairways and bushes etc. to ensure your safety. The goal of National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month is not only by getting the knowledge to keep you safe by also about applying that knowledge to protect yourself from criminals on your quest to for great self-defense.

Awareness is the ability to “read” people and situations and anticipate the probability of violence before it happens. It is being aware of what to look for and taking the time to notice safety-related aspects of what is going on around you. Awareness is not about being fearful or paranoid. It is a relaxed state of alertness that you can incorporate into your character. It is neither desirable nor necessary, to go about life hectically scanning your surroundings for the goblins around every corner. Your level of awareness should be appropriate to the circumstances you are in.

Some circumstances call for a greater degree of awareness than others. Obviously, you would want to be more aware when walking alone to your car at night than when shopping in a crowded mall with friends.

Take time to read some of the articles in this blog and share them with your friends.

If you don’t currently only a self-defense product like Pepper Spray or a Stun Gun, then perhaps it is time to invest in one.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option – Victor Swindell

10/12/2018

Law Enforcement Christmas Safety Tips


blkfriday2As Christmas shopping season approaches, your local Police Department wishes to assure you and your neighbors that we are taking measures to combat and prevent the types of criminal activity which occur this time each year. We also wish to stress the importance of citizens doing their part to protect themselves by not presenting opportunities for criminals to ruin your holiday.

Where ever possible, additional officers will be on high-visibility patrol around shopping areas, banks, and the like. They will also be available to provide bank escorts for businesses that request them.

A particular problem this time of year is theft from automobiles and residential burglaries. These are the most preventable crimes. If citizens remove the opportunity, the crime is less likely to occur, and some types cannot occur at all.

At Home:

  • Make sure to keep doors and windows locked, even if you are home.
  • When you are not home, leave your radio on low on talk radio.
  • If you have home security cameras, with motion sensors, see if you can also program a lamp to turn on at night when motion is detected. Set it to turn on a minute later.
  • Turn on outside lights at night, motion sensor lights are great.
  • Report persons or vehicles roaming your neighborhood, day or night so police may check them. They may be simply looking at Christmas lights, or they may be “casing” houses to burglarize.
  • Place your tree where the gifts will be less visible from outside. Thieves like window-shopping through your windows.
  • After Christmas, don’t put the empty boxes out on the curb. This makes it easy for burglars to decide which houses to burglarize (ie: new computers, TVs, electronics, video games…). Break down boxes and put them in the trash, making sure to save all paperwork. Also, remember many electronic devices require original boxes for warranty repair.
  • Immediately make an inventory listing the model and serial numbers of new items (and old ones if you haven’t already) and engrave personal markings on them

If Leaving Home (On a trip or just for a little while):

  • Make it look like you are still there.
  • If you have an Alarm System – USE IT –
  • If you can monitor your home remotely – DO IT
  • Timers on exterior lights, interior lights, and TVs will help make it look like you are home. Don’t leave an answering machine message saying you are gone, in fact turning it off would be better. If you have the call forwarding option on your phone use that.
  • Double check Locks on all doors and windows, including second floors and garages. The doors should have dead-bolts; key locks for windows are also available.
  • Have a Trusted Neighbor pick up mail, papers, and ads put out your trash can, and park in your driveway. Give them emergency and cell numbers to reach you.
  • Call the police department to request a periodic residence check (“Keep-A-Check”) while you are away.
  • When you return, look around outside first. If you see any evidence of a break-in, do not go inside. Go to a neighbor’s house and call the police. The burglars could still be inside.

While Shopping or Going Out: 

  • Secure valuables out of sight in your trunk. BUT, Be aware that many cars now have fold-down seats or a remote trunk release inside the car. These conveniences make your trunk vulnerable to thieves willing to break a window.
  • If at a mall or a shopping center, periodically go to the car and lock away purchases so they will not “disappear” when you put them down trying-on clothes or at the food court.
  • Safeguard your purse, wallet, bank cards, and personal information. Identity thieves thrive in this environment.
    • Keep close tabs on your children while shopping. With so many people it is easy for them to become lost. Make sure they
  • Know their full name, your full name, address, phone, and your cell or pager number to reach you if you get separated.
    insist children hold your hand in parking lots. Drivers won’t see them if they run ahead or behind you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings going to your car, going into and out of your house, and while at the ATM.

DON’T DRINK and DRIVE

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information on the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option

Victor Swindell

21/11/2018

Just one inch of wood


  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each home-invasionyear.
  • Surprisingly, most burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3PM. Many homes are empty during this time while people are at work. Burglars know this and use it to their advantage.
    However, home invasions can occur at any time of day or night.
  • 3.7 million homes are broken into each year. That’s 7 homes every minute.

If you would, open either your front or your back door and look at the deadbolt plate. There is just one inch of soft wood protecting the safety of your home – your door casings cannot protect you from a thief kicking your door in.

This is what usually happens!

Yesterday, I was watching the local news and saw this story: http://www.live5news.com/story/30476518/daytime-burglary-string-reported-in-moncks-corner-13-homes-hit

According to the FBI Crime data, the easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just to kick in your door!   Those same crime reports indicate that every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. This is called door frame failure.  The same statistical data indicates that 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time.

So what can you do?

There are numerous steps that you can take to make your home less attractive to a burglar.

  • Have good door and window locks.
  • Install Door kick plates such as the Strike Master II or others. You can get them at090610_webcamthieves local hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-Mart. This makes it hard to kick your door in.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places. Please know that the one key hider rock in your yard isn’t fooling anyone. If you going to use a hider rock have lots of similar rocks in your garden and blend it in. or put it under the mulch around a plant in your yard.
  • Ask the police to come to give you a safety inspection, and they can make good recommendations…this is a FREE Service.
  • Install a Home Alarm System. Shop around for the system that best fits your need and income. This can range from Simply Safe, to ADT.
  • If you can’t afford one, you can simply buy the Stickers and a Sign to make them think you have one.
  • Get a good barking Dog.
  • If you don’t want a dog you can do a few things, such as just post a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign or even purchase a Barking Dog Alarm.
  • When you are not home, leave the radio on talk radio.
  • Secure your windows. This could include window alarms or many other ways that you can Google.
  • Leave lights on, or if possible have programmable lights. Some modern alarm systems allow you to control your light, you can tie these light to motion sensors. so that when the alarm senses motion, 30 seconds later a light comes on.
  • Secure Sliding Doors and Windows
  • Tall shrubs and overgrown trees are welcome hiding places for robbers to wait until the coast is clear to get into your house
  • If you are home in the daytime, come out every so often to look around. If all of your neighbors did this. I would cut down on crime.
  • USE Your Locks. You would be surprised at how many burglars simply open unlock doors and windows.
  • If you happen to be home when someone enters your home without permission, have a way to deal with them.
  • Read this blog for more tips.

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high-quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information about the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.  by Victor Swindell

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